Today at 1:05PM ET, the Marlins will “visit” the St. Louis Cardinals at their shared home spring training field in Port St. Lucie. This will be the fourth time the clubs have faced each other this spring, with the teams putting up a 1-1-1 split.
Magneuris Sierra has gone seven-for-22 with eight whiffs, Garrett Cooper is three-for-21 with six strikeouts, Starlin Castro is seven-for-24, Isan Diaz is three-for-17 with two RBI, Brian Anderson has started four-for-20 with one homer, Lewis Brinson is nine-for-25 with eight strikeouts and one long home run. Probable next cut Chad Wallach is two-for-12, Scott Van Slyke is seven-for-22 with a pair of homers and seven RBI, and Miguel Rojas has gone two-for-21 with five whiffs. Starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez is making his first start. In three relief appearances, he has put up a 1.00 WHIP and a 3.86 ERA in seven innings.
Miami is hot on the heels of having made their first round of spring cuts, reducing the roster to 53. The Marlins sent down 14 players to minor league camp, OF Monte Harrison, RHP Nick Neidert, RHP Zac Gallen, RHP Merandy Gonzalez, RHP Trevor Richards, RHP Pablo Lopez, RHP James Needy, C Austin Nola, RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP Ben Meyer, C Rodrigo Vigil, IF Johnny Giavotella, and IF Jonathan Rodriguez. None of these moves are considered out of the ordinary.
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